Minchin waltzes home
SWANBOURNE-raised Tim Minchin describes his career as being incremental, where he only ever had the confidence to take the next step once having evidence he was OK at the last step.
The mind boggles as to where this notion will take Minchin following his incredible success writing the music and lyrics for Matilda the Musical.
Minchin was in his hometown last week to launch the Perth season of the hit production at Crown Theatre Perth from February 2017, following a seven-month season in Sydney and nine-month run in Melbourne.
The Australian version comes after triumph on the West End and Broadway.
“It’s a gorgeous feeling bringing Matilda to Perth,” Minchin said.
“We opened in England and New York which both went really well, but you got a sense the audience weren’t on top of all the jokes with the sense of humour and darkness.
“I just think Perth is going to love it and I know it will go really well; any excuse to come home for a bit.
“I have lots of family and friends who have flown to see this show but there are lots who haven’t or haven’t been able to take their kids to it.
“And Matthew Pavlich; I mean I don’t know him very well but he might come and bring his kids and then Pavlich will have seen my show. That’s like God coming to my show.”
Based on Roald Dahl’s popular novel, Matilda the Musical is directed by Matthew Warchus with a book by playwright Dennis Kelly.
“Complexity can obscure meaning but working with someone like Dennis, with a text like Dahl’s, it can make it sparkly,” he said. “I’m a puzzle maker and the art of making lyrics feels as much like a science to me as any, not that I’m following a rule at all, but it feels like a sudoku that clicks into place if you spend enough time on it.
“There’s no such thing as a perfect lyric but there is a sense that you haven’t wasted a syllable; the pursuit of a verse or a chorus that doesn’t waste anything feels exact in a way to me.”
Tim Minchin in Perth to launch Matilda the Musical.